Local News

  • Petition to stop JPJ Complex construction shot down

    Despite an effort by some local residents to stop construction of the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex, the show will go on.


    County Councilors voted 5-1 in favor of proceeding with construction of the complex. The only one who voted against it was Council Vice Chairman Robert Gibson.


  • Schools look at ethical use of technology

    Los Alamos Public Schools Technology Coordinator Dean Obermeyer and his staff are working with central office officials to upgrade the district’s policy on the ethical use of technology.


    “What we’re doing is bringing the policy to meet the New Mexico Administrative Code and procedures implemented in 2007,” Obermeyer said during his presentation at Tuesday night’s school board meeting in the district boardroom.


    “These are the initial steps to make sure the district is in compliance.”


  • Plague confirmed in Los Alamos cat

    The New Mexico Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory confirmed plague in a cat from Los Alamos Tuesday.

    “The owner said the cat wasn’t feeling well, it was lethargic and dehydrated,” said State Public Health Veterinarian Paul Ettestad Wednesday afternoon.

    “The cat didn’t have swollen lymph nodes and it didn’t have pneumonia but it had a high fever and the vet sent in a blood sample.”

  • Dust settles: LANL analysis cites natural causes for radioactivity in the environment

    Española – Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday answered a citizens monitoring study from 2007 with its own analysis of off-site radioactivity in the neighborhood of the lab.

  • Vacancy decision up to new council

    The vacancy left by Councilor Jim West will not be filled until after the New Year. The County Council decided Tuesday night to take no action on replacing West and instead have deferred the decision to the new council.

    Though Chairman Jim Hall and Councilors Michael Wheeler and Frances Berting moved to appoint Ken Milder, that motion was shot down when Vice Chairman Robert Gibson and Councilor Nona Bowman voted against it.

  • LANS earns incentive fee and contract extension

    An assessment by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Los Alamos Site Office has resulted in Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS) being awarded 87.9 percent of fees available for improved performance.

    The assessment spanned Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30 – the second full year LANS has operated the laboratory for the Department of Energy. The award is up from 81.3 percent the previous year.

  • Group offers potion of sounds for tough times

    This is a big week for Patrick Longmire, a guitar player whose main gig is geochemistry at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His band, the “Hot Club of Santa Fe,” will release its first CD Friday with a performance and party at the 2nd Street Brewery in Santa Fe.


    Behind every band there are a few dozen stories, but one of the tip-offs about this one is the name “Hot Club,” a reference to the original “Quintette du Hot Club de France.”


  • Community generosity recognized by United Way

    Key individuals and organizations received praise and appreciation during a special recognition banquet Monday evening at De Colores Restaurant.


    The collective generosity of contributors this year raised more than $2 million for United Way of Northern New Mexico during the “People Matter” Campaign, which ran from Aug. 20 through Oct. 31.


  • 2008 election drew high local turnout

    Some 10,922 out of 13,186 eligible voters cast ballots in Los Alamos County during the 2008 general election, according to official results posted on the Secretary of State's website.


    That equates to a 82.83 percent local voter turnout compared to 68.34 percent statewide results in which 815,363 voters cast ballots out of 1,193,084 eligible voters.


  • Three Fellows tapped for 2008

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has named three new Fellows for 2008.


    In an announcement Thursday, Robert C. Albers, Paul A. Johnson and Kurt E. Sickafus were recognized for outstanding scientific contributions and exceptional promise for continued professional achievement